Mango Blue

Brahmapur, India, 2011-2012: Yearning to settle after two years on the road, we moved to rural Odisha in September 2010 to work for a Gram Vikas, an Indian NGO. The experience was life-changing and filled with wonder; but faced with tremendous frustrations at work, we decided to call it quits after a few months. The short-lived Mango Blue documented the experience.

  • The Wind at Our Backs

    “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” —Attributed to Seneca t...

  • Why Help Abroad?

    When we tell friends about our choice to go work in India in international development, one question...

  • The Road Begins Again!

    In 1996, Helene left Montreal to teach English in South Korea. This experience left a deep impressio...

  • In the Eye of the Storm

    One… two… Is this thing on? Three months since our last blog post… And to think I ...

  • What is International Development?

    When we read about humanitarian crises such as famine in Somalia, or floods in New Orleans, a few wo...

What is International Development?

When we read about humanitarian crises such as famine in Somalia, or floods in New Orleans, a few words often sum them up: “We could have prevented this.” That’s what international development is about. It’s a peacetime effort to build peace and ...

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We’re Moving to India!

I thought it’d take longer than this. When Helene and I began working on this blog, we envisioned it as a chronicle of our efforts to enter the international development sector. I felt that there would be weeks, perhaps months ...

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The Road Begins Again!

In 1996, Helene left Montreal to teach English in South Korea. This experience left a deep impression on her, and she’s been hooked on travel—and teaching—ever since. In 2003, driven by our mutual desire to live abroad, we both quit ...

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